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UPDATE: Magic, Mystery, and Metaphysics (German grad) (1/31/05; 4/7-8/05)

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Submission deadline extended for:

UW Germanics Graduate Student Conference- "Magic, Mystery and
Metaphysics: Ghostly Knowledge and the Discourses of Rational
Thought".

Please submit abstracts by January 31st, 2005.  See CFP below for details.


UW Germanics Graduate Student Conference (April 7-8, 2005)
“Magic, Mystery and Metaphysics: Ghostly Knowledge
and the Discourses of Rational Thought”


In the famous opening lines of Goethe's Faust I, the protagonist
expresses his frustration with traditional sources of knowledge: he
is unsatisfied with what science and scholarship can give him.
Famously, he makes a pact with the devil in order to achieve a very
different kind of knowledge.  Others have looked for less diabolical
ways to achieve a knowledge not provided by scientific observation or
rational analysis: they consulted the stars to see into the future,
they sought out the advice of wise men and women, or they interpreted
omens and signs.  This conference will look at the various
metaphysical, magical or mystical sources of knowledge that human
beings have turned to through the centuries because Western
rationalism did not satisfy their curiosity, or because they were
looking for alternative or even supplemental modes of thinking.

Looking primarily at literary texts, some of the key questions that
this conference aims to address are: Who is regarded as
knowledgeable" or as wise" and what kind of knowledge does he/she
have?  What does the fact that femininity is often associated with
irrationality, with a greater sense of intuition imply – for women,
for men, and for the conception of knowledge in general?  How can
this other",non-rationalistic knowledge be accessed?  Do you have to
make a pact with the devil, drink a magic potion, read the stars, or
travel to a magic place?  How do the metaphysical, the magical and
the mystical manifest themselves?  What is their relation to the
real" world?  How is this other" knowledge regarded within the
text?  Is it portrayed as some kind of madness, or is it privileged
over a knowledge derived through rationalism and science?  Is there a
hierarchy of different kinds of
“knowledges”?  What role do class, gender and ethnicity play for
this hierarchization?  How is the relationship between the rational
and the mystical theorized at different times or by different
figures?  How does this “other” knowledge relate to discourses of
rational thought?

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

- prophetic figures: soothsayers, wise men and wise women
- superstitions, prophetic dreams, visions, seances, signs and omens
- historical movements like Mesmerismus, Spiritismus, etc.
- magic, the occult, the supernatural and the paranormal, ghosts
- the devilish and the demonic
- female intuition; gender and knowledge
- magical places; magical times

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Monika Fick (RWTH Aachen) will
give the keynote on “Die andere Wahrnehmung.  Neurophysiologischer
Konstruktivismus und die Magie der Literatur”.

The languages of the conference are English and German.  Please
submit an abstract proposal of not more than 250 words for a 15-20
minute presentation, with a separate cover sheet indicating your
name, your contact information, your home institution, your area of
study, and the title of your paper by January 31, 2005 to the
following address:

Graduate Conference
Department of Germanics
340-C Denny Hall
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98115

Or send it as an email-attachment to Heidi R. Tilghman:
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For more information, go to the conference website:
http://depts.washington.edu/uwgerman/gradconf2005/cfp.htm

If you have any other questions, email Amy Emm: [log in to unmask]

Organized by Amy Emm, Dacia Christin, Geoff Cox, Ileana Irimescu, and
Viktoria Harms.

Sponsored by the University of Washington College of Arts and
Sciences, the University of Washington Germanics Department, and UW
Graduate School.

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The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Meghan McKinstry
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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